Sava gaffe seals Hertha win
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Former Aston Villa man Stefan Beinlich gave the home side the lead before Steve Marlet levelled for Jean Tigana's until Sava, Fulham's hero against Liverpool on Saturday, put through his own net to give the German side the advantage going into the second leg.
Tigana will be heartened by his side's performance and will be happy to have grabbed an away goal that could see them through into the fourth round.
A quiet and patchy opening 20 minutes saw Fulham more than hold their own and restrict their German hosts to speculative efforts that failed to trouble Edwin Van der Sar in goal.
Brazilian Marcelinho then sparked the home side into life after 28 minutes when his deflected shot won the corner that would create the chance of them to take the lead.
Marcelinho fired in the corner that Beinlich arrived before Van der Saar to power the header into the empty net to give Hertha the lead.
The German's had their tails up another Marcelinho corner forced Van der Sar to scramble out to punch the ball away from danger.
Hertha had well and truly woken up, and Steed Malbranque's neat effort straight at goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly was Fulham's only chance of the half.
The visitors came out after the interval with their heads up however, and drew the score level eight minutes after the restart through Steve Marlet.
Malbranque's cross found Martin Djetou arriving and his header hit the post as Kiraly seemed slow to react and Marlet had the simple task of heading home the rebound past the keeper.
The tracksuit-clad custodian made amends just a minute later as Djetou again arrived right on cue but had his effort well saved at point black range.
Fulham seemed well on top of the game but just as they grew more confident, they again fell behind as Facundo Sava put through his own net.
Marcelinho again was the architect as his left foot delivered another good cross from the right on 68 minutes and Sava sliced the ball wildly into his own net to put the German's ahead.
Bart Goor set up Marcelinho in the 77th minute as he crossed from the right to find the Brazilian arrive at the back post with a well hit volley that Van der Sar had to save with his feet.
Fulham had the better of the rest of the game and pushed forward for an equaliser but did not find a way to make the breakthrough.
Hertha now take their advantage back to Loftus Road although The Cottagers will take heart from their display and the away goal could once again prove vital.
The other Uefa Cup third round tie on Tuesday saw Paris Saint Germain grab a 2-1 win in their first leg clash with Boavista at Parc des Princes.
Ghanaian midfielder Alex Nyarko opened the scoring for the home side as he grabbed his first goal of the season to make it 1-0.
Frederic Dehu did not help his side's chances when he got himself sent off just after the half hour after collecting two yellow cards within the space of three minutes to get his marching orders.
However, it was the ten men of the French capital side that grabbed the next goal of the game when Fabrice Fiorese doubled their advantage on the stroke of half time.
Substitute Luiz Claudio gave Boavista hope when he pulled a goal back with 15 minutes left to play.
Jaime Pacheco's men where unable to draw level against the ten-man hosts and Luis Fernandez's side take a 2-1 advantage into the second leg in Portugal.